Boxing at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Boxing
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
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VenueRiocentro – Pavilion 6
Dates6–21 August 2016
No. of events13
Competitors286 from 76 nations
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The boxing tournaments at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro took place from 6 to 21 August 2016 at the Pavilion 6 of Riocentro.[1] However, boxing at the games was overshadowed with controversy after there were doubts raised that results in certain bouts had been manipulated. These concerns were upheld in a report published in 2021.

Competition format

On March 23, 2013, the Amateur International Boxing Association instituted significant changes to the format. The World Series of Boxing, AIBA's pro team league which started in 2010, already enabled team members to retain 2012 Olympic eligibility. The newer AIBA Pro Boxing Tournament, consisting of pros who sign 5 year contracts with AIBA and compete on pro cards leading up to the tournament, also provides a pathway for new pros to retain their Olympic eligibility and retain ties with national committees. The elimination of headgear and the adoption of the "10-point must" scoring system further clears the delineation between amateur and pro format.[2][3]

Similar to 2012 format, men competed in the following ten events:

As for the women, they were eligible to compete in the following three events:

Qualifying criteria

Each National Olympic Committee was permitted to enter up to one athlete in each event. Six places (five men and one woman) were reserved for the host nation Brazil, while the remaining places were allocated to the Tripartite Invitation Commission. Because non-AIBA professional boxers were eligible to compete for the first time at the Olympics, a total of thirty-seven places had been reserved and thereby distributed to pros; twenty were qualified through the AIBA Pro Boxing Series with two for each event, while seventeen through the World Series of Boxing. Each continent had a quota of places to be filled through the two amateur and semi-pro league tournaments.[4]

Qualification events were:

  • 2014–2015 World Series of Boxing (WSB) – The two top ranked boxers at the end of the 2014–2015 season in each weight category (except light flyweight, heavyweight, and super heavyweight with one each).[4]
  • 2014–2015 AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) World Ranking – The champion and world-ranked top challenger in each weight category of the APB World Ranking at the end of the first cycle in September 2015.[4]
  • 2015 AIBA World Boxing ChampionshipsDoha, Qatar, 5–18 October – The top three boxers from five weight categories (bantamweight, lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, and middleweight), the gold and silver medalists from three divisions (light flyweight, flyweight, and light heavyweight), and the champions in two heaviest classes (heavyweight and super heavyweight).[4]
  • 2016 AIBA Women's World Boxing ChampionshipsAstana, Kazakhstan – The top four boxers in each weight category.[4]
  • 2016 APB and WSB Olympic Qualifier – The top three of the remaining boxers in each of the eight categories, and the champion in two heaviest classes.[4]
  • 2016 AIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament
  • 2016 AIBA Continental Olympic Qualifiers (both men and women)

Competition schedule

There were two sessions of competition on most days of the 2016 Olympics Boxing program, an afternoon session (A), starting at 11:00 BRT, and an evening session (E), starting at 17:00 BRT. Starting on August 17, days contained only one session, beginning at 14:00 BRT.

P Preliminary rounds ¼ Quarterfinals ½ Semifinals F Final
Date → Sat 6 Sun 7 Mon 8 Tue 9 Wed 10 Thu 11 Fri 12 Sat 13 Sun 14 Mon 15 Tue 16 Wed 17 Thu 18 Fri 19 Sat 20 Sun 21
Event ↓ A E A E A E A E A E A E A E A E A E A E A E A A A A A
Men's light flyweight P P ¼ ½ F
Men's flyweight P P ¼ ½ F
Men's bantamweight P P P ¼ ½ F
Men's lightweight P P P ¼ ½ F
Men's light welterweight P P P ¼ ½ F
Men's welterweight P P P ¼ ½ F
Men's middleweight P P P P ½ F
Men's light heavyweight P P P P ¼ ½ F
Men's heavyweight P P ¼ ½ F
Men's super heavyweight P P ¼ ½ F
Women's flyweight P ¼ ½ F
Women's lightweight P ¼ ½ F
Women's middleweight P ¼ ½ F


Participation

Participating nations

Medalists

Men

Games Gold Silver Bronze
Light flyweight
details
Hasanboy Dusmatov
 Uzbekistan
Yuberjén Martínez
 Colombia
Joahnys Argilagos
 Cuba
Nico Hernández
 United States
Flyweight[a]
details
Shakhobidin Zoirov
 Uzbekistan
Yoel Finol
 Venezuela
Hu Jianguan
 China
Vacant
Bantamweight
details
Robeisy Ramírez
 Cuba
Shakur Stevenson
 United States
Vladimir Nikitin
 Russia
Murodjon Akhmadaliev
 Uzbekistan
Lightweight
details
Robson Conceição
 Brazil
Sofiane Oumiha
 France
Lázaro Álvarez
 Cuba
Dorjnyambuugiin Otgondalai
 Mongolia
Light welterweight
details
Fazliddin Gaibnazarov
 Uzbekistan
Lorenzo Sotomayor
 Azerbaijan
Vitaly Dunaytsev
 Russia
Artem Harutyunyan
 Germany
Welterweight
details
Daniyar Yeleussinov
 Kazakhstan
Shakhram Giyasov
 Uzbekistan
Mohammed Rabii
 Morocco
Souleymane Cissokho
 France
Middleweight
details
Arlen López
 Cuba
Bektemir Melikuziev
 Uzbekistan
Misael Rodríguez
 Mexico
Kamran Shakhsuvarly
 Azerbaijan
Light heavyweight
details
Julio César La Cruz
 Cuba
Adilbek Niyazymbetov
 Kazakhstan
Mathieu Bauderlique
 France
Joshua Buatsi
 Great Britain
Heavyweight
details
Evgeny Tishchenko
 Russia
Vasiliy Levit
 Kazakhstan
Rustam Tulaganov
 Uzbekistan
Erislandy Savón
 Cuba
Super heavyweight
details
Tony Yoka
 France
Joe Joyce
 Great Britain
Filip Hrgović
 Croatia
Ivan Dychko
 Kazakhstan

Men's flyweight Misha Aloian of  Russia originally won the silver medal, but was disqualified after he tested positive for Tuaminoheptane.[5]

Women

Games Gold Silver Bronze
Flyweight
details
Nicola Adams
 Great Britain
Sarah Ourahmoune
 France
Ren Cancan
 China
Ingrit Valencia
 Colombia
Lightweight
details
Estelle Mossely
 France
Yin Junhua
 China
Mira Potkonen
 Finland
Anastasia Belyakova
 Russia
Middleweight
details
Claressa Shields
 United States
Nouchka Fontijn
 Netherlands
Dariga Shakimova
 Kazakhstan
Li Qian
 China

Medal summary

Medal table

  *   Host nation (Brazil)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Uzbekistan3227
2 Cuba3036
3 France2226
4 Kazakhstan1225
5 Great Britain1113
 United States1113
7 Russia[a]1034
8 Brazil*1001
9 China0134
10 Azerbaijan0112
 Colombia0112
12 Netherlands0101
 Venezuela0101
14 Croatia0011
 Finland0011
 Germany0011
 Mexico0011
 Mongolia0011
 Morocco0011
Totals (19 entries)13132551

Manipulated scorecards

A report published in 2021 into the judging at the Rio Olympics found that there were systemic attempts to change the outcome of certain bouts. It also found that the methods that were employed to exploit results had begun in the Olympic qualifying rounds.[6] The boxing at Rio Olympics had been mired in controversy since they took place in 2016, in particualar two results attracted attention (both involving Russian athletes being awarded dubious victories)

The AIBA would remove an unspecified number of judges and referees following the controversy, stating that they "determined that less than a handful of the decisions were not at the level expected" and "that the concerned referees and judges will no longer officiate at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games"; however, the original decision would still remain.[10][11] Results were manipulated using a new judging system employed at Rio. Traditionally, judges would use a computer scoring system to count each punch landed but in 2016 the winner of each round was awarded 10 points and the loser a lower number, based on criteria which includes the quality of punches landed, effective aggression and tactical superiority. The new computer system took the scores of the five judges who judged the bout and supposedly a computer would randomly select three scores from those counted.[8]

In 2019 the IOC stripped the AIBA of the right to organise the tournament at the 2020 Olympics, due to "issues in the areas of finance, governance, ethics and refereeing and judging".[12]

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